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Downtown Project (DTP) is Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s effort to rebuild Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. He invested $350 million of his own money, started recruiting entrepreneurs in 2012 and put a five-year timeline on the project.

A Passion for Beer and Staying Independent

In 1984, Jim Koch, then in his mid-30s, made the leap from working in management consulting at Boston Consulting Group to start Boston Beer Co. The company, makers of Samuel Adams, rented space and equipment from other breweries for more than a decade before Koch purchased his first brewery. Today, Koch is a billionaire and Boston Beer Co. is the second-largest craft brewery in America.

Get social or get left behind

Mike Derezin, vice president of sales for LinkedIn Sales Solutions, says in an era in which social sellers realize

The motivation conundrum

Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, has explored the irrationality of people’s decision-making proc

Natural born travel guide

His father Rick taught a generation of public television viewers how to take in Europe. Now, Andy Steves, 29, has a successful tour guide business targeted to millennials and a new guidebook of his own. We talked about the incomparable value of travel and how his generation likes to go about it.

Words to the wise

“If it involves arranging words in rows with occasional punctuation, then I’ve given it a bash,” says Jonathan Crossfield, a Sydney-based marketing co

You, too, can be a productivity expert

With his new book, “Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business,” Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yor

The gender flap

Lori Richardson learned her first lessons about sales at an early age. In the 1980s, she boldly stepped into the male-dominated world of technology sales because she was a single mother who couldn’t make ends meet as a teacher. She was a leading sales rep who serviced national corporate accounts before shifting to building sales teams and running a corporate university for a Boston-based company. In 2002, she founded Score More Sales, the B2B sales consultancy and training company she still runs today. With this issue’s cover story focused on women in sales leadership and B2B sales roles, it seemed timely to have Richardson share her thoughts on a wide range of topics.

The takeaway on giveaways

You don’t stop daily to notice the calendar you received from your Realtor or the refrigerator magnets from the neighborhood pizza place. But when you need to reach that business, you know instantly where to turn. Marketing strategies have changed drastically over the centuries, but as Paul Bellantone, president and CEO of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) explains, promotional products have always produced stellar results.

Robots Can’t Close

To date, technological advancements have always created better jobs and improved the well-being of humanity. But we face the real possibility that technology will, for the first time, displace more jobs than it creates.

The Jersey Score

 

In November 2013, Donald Guardian became the first Republican to be elected mayor of Atlantic City in 23 years. Within months after taking office, Gardner, a reluctant candidate to begin with, was hit with the closing of four of the city’s casinos, including the Revel Casino Hotel, which cost $2.4 billion to build and was open only two years before it closed.

Ten-Hut!

Ben Parr, venture capitalist , startup coach, former coeditor of Mashable, author and public speaker, lives at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. In his new book, “Captivology,” Parr identifies seven “captivation triggers” that he says are the essential tools for capturing attention for your ideas and products.

Embracing the customer-built brand

Ken Schmidt participated in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history.

You aren’t always who you think you are

Salespeople need to establish competency, but social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson says in their rush to do so, they may unwittingly be shooting themselves in the foot. The author of “No One Understands You and What to Do About It” lays out a better path to successful conversations.

What HR really thinks

At first blush, Laurie Ruettimann is a former corporate human resources director who uses her brassy blog (LaurieRuettimann.com) to upbraid the women (yes, they are still predominantly women) who continue to fight the HR fight in cubicles around the world. First impressions aren’t all wrong. But Ruettimann has some lessons to impart on managers as well, starting with the fact that HR isn’t here to clean up their messes.

Noticeably unnoticeable

In his new book “Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion,” journalist David Zweig explores the work of some top-performing professionals in behind-the-scenes positions. These intrinsically motivated workers are critically important to the high-profile projects they are involved with, but the general public is none the wiser – and the Invisibles are just fine with that.

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